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Illinois calls for investigation

A week ago the Chicago Tribune reported that the Illinois Lottery had not awarded 40% of the biggest prizes. The games started in mid-2011 and several of seventeen big games did not award at least one big prize, and three… Read more

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Illinois lawmakers call for investigation

A week ago the Chicago Tribune reported that the Illinois Lottery had not awarded 40% of the biggest prizes. The games started in mid-2011 and several of seventeen big games did not award at least one big prize, and three… Read more

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Gamblers and Integrity

These two words do not ordinarily fit together. The longer you bet in a casino or on the Lottery the more likely you are to be a loser. There are many ways the gamblers scam the players. One of the… Read more

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Blog No 100 New Lottery Game

The Georgia Lottery has launched the latest gimmick to lure players. This time they are after the Millennials and their Smartphones. For $2 per play the person buys a chance to win up to $10,000 electronically. The game was released… Read more

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Online Lotteries

Did you know that you can play several lotteries without leaving the comfort of your home? Of course, you can play Powerball and Mega Millions online without having to wait through those long lines when the prizes get into the… Read more

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Blog No 88 Ohio Losses

Ohio now has four large casinos, racinos at seven racetracks and a large lottery. Over the past four years Ohioans have bet $62.9 BILLION at these venues. They lost $9.7 BILLION meaning that 84% of what was bet was returned… Read more

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Alabama considers a lottery

The Republican Governor of Alabama has asked the legislature to approve a referendum on a lottery. He says the legislature has refused to reduce spending or raise taxes, and the state is facing an $80 million shortfall. The Christian Science… Read more

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Gallup Poll on Gambling

A new Gallup poll on gambling habits was conducted by phone with 1025 participants. The headline draws the wrong conclusion from data that shows that the percentage of lottery players is larger at higher income levels. From this the reporter… Read more

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Massachusetts Lottery

Once again Massachusetts tops the lottery sales charts with sales over $5 billion last year. The individual sales average was $740 per capita, with 50 communities (lower incomes) topping $1000 per capita. A total of $3.6 billion was paid out… Read more

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Reducing Unfairness of the Massachusetts Lottery

  The Boston Globe published an interesting editorial, calling for the scaling back of the MA Lottery. The editors call the Lottery an “economic burden on those who can least afford to shoulder it.” The average resident spends about $700… Read more

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Education and Powerball in Arizona

POWERBALL AND EDUCATION IN ARIZONA A friend recently sent me an article about the shading of money for education in Arizona. As is the case in states that participate in Powerball only 26% of the money that Arizonians spend on… Read more

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The Powerball Frenzy is over

POWERBALL RELIEF Whew!!! Its over and three someones won and will share $1.6 billion. Of the $530 million each will receive. Federal and state taxes will take 40-50% of it leaving $260 million for each of the three. The rest… Read more

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Powerball Frenzy

POWERBALL FRENZY This morning the Powerball grand prize stands at $1.3 BILLION, the largest in history, and more than the budget of several of the smaller countries in the world. As you can imagine, the nation has gone crazy in… Read more

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Woman blows $186,000 in two days

What would you do with a sudden windfall of $186,000? Pay off the mortgage? Buy a new car? Take a cruise? Buy presents for your kids or spouse? One hard working widowed waitress big dream in life back in 1999… Read more

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Washington Post columnist: “Why you should never, ever play the lottery”

Washington Post columnist Matthew O’Brien explains “why you should never, ever play the lottery.” Yet state governments endlessly encourage citizens to do just that, underscoring why we need national reform on this issue. Read his excellent column here.  

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A Law Suit Against the Oregon Lottery

  An increasing number of legal cases are being filed against casinos and lotteries in efforts to make them responsible for the damage they cause, A recent very interesting case has arisen in Portland, OR involving the dishonest presentation of… Read more

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Oregon Lottery: Gamblers hooked on slot machines leave a trail of debt, divorce and despair

The Oregonian newspaper finished its series on the impact of the state lottery and gambling earlier this month. This is one piece of many in the series done by the Oregonian and we urge you to read them all. The… Read more

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New Shamelessly Exploitative California Lottery Ads

The California Lottery should pull down its new lottery advertising campaign “Believe” that includes imagery of the women’s suffrage movement and the fall of Communism. There is not a single act of California state government that creates more financial inequality… Read more

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First-rate journalism exposing how the NY Lottery is a policy failure

Gannett’s Albany News Bureau published an outstanding analysis of the sham that is supposed to be the New York Lottery’s whole rationale for existing: to provide revenue of public education. Read the whole story here. Here’s just one of the… Read more

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Like other states, how Florida’s experiment with gambling has failed

Randy Schultz,  Editor of the Editorial Page for The Palm Beach Post, writes a terrific piece about how Florida’s experiment with gambling has failed. Read it below: One of the worst things to happen in Florida happened 25 years ago… Read more

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Massachusetts Lottery Congratulates Itself for 40 Years of Failure

The Massachusetts Lottery is throwing itself a State House party to tout its 40th anniversary even though it has been a failed public policy by nearly every measure. How has the Massachusetts Lottery failed over the past four decades? It… Read more

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“The Sucker Index” released by Bloomberg News

Bloomberg News released a brand new “Sucker Index” today. Bloomberg Rankings created the Sucker Index with 2010 data from the US Census and annual reports from state lottery commissions. The total dollar amount of prizes awarded was subtracted from ticket… Read more

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FOX Business Network calls out Verifone CEO about the state lottery on national TV

The CEO of a company that provides the technology enabling state lotteries to sell lottery tickets right at America’s gas pumps and inside taxi cabs was challenged about their service in an interview on the FOX Business Network today. Recently,… Read more

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The “Lottery Casino” concept: a microcosm for how predatory gambling interests try to skirt the law

Here’s a new twist to promoting gambling.  Georgia has long resisted any efforts to introduce casinos to that state.  A developer has proposed a bold new lottery casino, complete with a high rise hotel, large theater, and a game floor… Read more

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Virginia Lottery’s bait and switch

From The Virginian-Pilot on the big fraud of government’s predatory gambling program: Virginia’s lottery receipts are supposed to boost funding for schools. Instead, the annual $450 million goes everywhere but. A quarter-century ago, Virginians approved a state lottery on the… Read more

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Lottery Sales Rise to Record as Cash-Hungry States Search for More Revenue

While severe income inequality continues to worsen here in America, below is an excellent report from Bloomberg News on our government’s primary response to this major challenge: Facing growing unemployment, record home foreclosures, declining tax revenue and an annual budget… Read more

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“You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”.

Somerville, Massachusetts artist Edie Bresler presents her month-long participatory installation “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”. Bresler’s installation is at the Inside-Out Davis Square Art Windows located on Elm St between Dover and Day St. The Installation focuses on… Read more

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Government official personally thanked those who were scamming the Lottery for propping up flat sales

As if there was not a mountain of evidence already showing how government’s predatory gambling program is a major failure, along comes another damning news report. Andrea Estes of The Boston Globe has a must-read account about how the Massachusetts… Read more

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Oregon: Welcome to the International House of Lottery

At a time when many state governments are relentlessly pushing highly predatory forms of gambling to its citizens, Oregon may claim the title as the biggest predator. To point out just one of many examples, it is virtually impossible to… Read more

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Lotteries are now running ads to teach citizens how to play lottery games

One publicly-stated reason why government got into the predatory gambling business in the first place was “citizens are doing it anyway so we may as well capture that money.” The evidence is indisputable, however, that government has turned a nation… Read more

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States Looking to Open Lottery Retailer in Your Home

An article in this Sunday’s New York Times highlights the growing pressure from legislators and predatory gambling interests to legalize Internet gambling: from online lottery subscriptions to poker and other games of chance. These interests play upon the traditional image… Read more

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Hard times are great for state lotteries

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, California Lottery sales rose $400 million, or 13 percent, joining a long list of states that saw sales increases, including Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas.  Scratch ticket sales helped fuel California’s… Read more

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Cash Win-Fail

This weekend’s excellent reporting from The Boston Globe’s Andrea Estes and Scott Allen revealed a “quirk in the rules” on a lottery game in Massachusetts called Cash WinFall. They found that the game had been exploited by a few bettors,… Read more

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More evidence why government needs to get out of the gambling business

False promises. Predatory practices.  Deeper levels of personal debt. Expendable citizens. There is perhaps no present government policy that emits a more wretched  stench of failure than government’s policy of predatory gambling. Here is the most recent evidence in what… Read more

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Connecticut citizen leader acts to reveal state lottery’s predatory practices

The Hartford Courant’s Rick Green, one of America’s elite journalists on the failed policy of predatory gambling, has an excellent column about a citizen effort in Connecticut led by Adam Osmond, a former lottery agent who has filed a series… Read more

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State-sponsored gambling wildly exceeds the kind of gambling offered by local bookies

A common misperception among some public officials around the country is the idea that if government was not in the predatory gambling business, all of the extreme forms of gambling being promoted today would be available at the local bookie… Read more

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Transparency Needed at Massachusetts Lottery

The Boston Globe reported over the weekend about how the Massachusetts Lottery is pursuing a very aggressive goal of $1 billion in profits by launching new raffle-style games and selling tickets to jumbo drawings like Mega Millions through hundreds of… Read more

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Another example of the failed policy of state lotteries

This week, a Houston TV station reported that while the Texas Lottery’s sales have doubled since 1998, the percentage of lottery proceeds going to education has dropped by 10% over the same period. In addition, the size of jackpot prizes… Read more

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Yale’s Carter on why state-run lotteries are bad for taxpayers, the poor, casinos, and bettors

Yale Law School’s Stephen Carter has a terrific column on the state lottery. Carter writes: “Why on earth do we allow the government to hold a monopoly on the very profitable (if rather disgusting) business of persuading the suffering to… Read more

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The answer is Yes

The District of Columbia Lottery, whose advertising represents the daily voice of government to citizens living in the nation’s capital, just launched another TV ad in its “Do you need a lottery intervention?” series. Check out the ad here and… Read more

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